A Retro 14K white gold beveled gents' ring with an illusion-set old European-cut diamond center. The shoulders are accented with flush-set old European-cut diamonds. Circa 1940.
About the time period: Retro is a term used for jewelry from the late 1930s through early 50s derived from the term ‘Retrospective of Art Deco’. It is characterized by large, glamorous designs utilizing yellow and rose gold. Synthetic and semi-precious stones were popular as precious stones were scarce. During World War II and the post-war years, metals and stones were harder to come by so jewelers creatively used small amounts of material to make chunky cocktail jewelry. Retro jewelry is still wearable and en vogue today.
Diamond: 0.75 carats
Accent diamonds: 0.15 total carat weight, H-J color, VS1-VS2 clarity